Greater Accra NDC Condemns Attack On Radio Ada
The Greater Accra Regional Communication Bureau of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), has described the attack on a presenter and guests at Radio Ada few days as disgusting.
According to the Regional Communication Bureau, it takes serious exception to the incident of vandalism.
In a statement signed by its Regional Communication Officer, Jerry Johnson, it said "It is taking a notorious dimension under this government to have Media Houses suffer one abuse or the other for being critical of the government. This indeed cannot be acceptable in any civilized democratic society, and Ghana cannot be an exception"
He added that it is an irony to have such barbarism being exhibited under a government that touts the credentials of democracy, of which media freedom is a critical component.
"The event at Radio Ada cannot be separated from other preceding incidents in which President Akufo Addo's Pastor, Rev. Owusu Bempah with men believed to be National Security Operatives viciously and violently attacked the offices of Radio XYZ and Power FM without any locus. We cannot gloss over the harassment of one of Ghana's seasoned journalists, Manasseh Azure Awuni, who was hounded out of this country for being critical of the NPP government"
"Again, it is on record that, on the 1st of January, 2021 a Citi FM journalist, Umaru Sanda Amadu was embarrassed in public by a police patrol team under the guise of searching for weapons in his car. The arrest and molestation of two other Citi FM Journalists, Caleb Kudah and Zoe Abu-Baidoo on the 11th May 2021 by the National Security Operatives for reporting a story exposing a possible case of financial loss to the state cannot be lost on us"
The statement further stressed that owing to these inhuman treatment to suppress media freedom by state institutions, the government of the NPP has a huge responsibility to act swiftly to deflate possible accusations in the act of intimidation exhibited at Radio Ada on the said date.
"To succeed in doing that, we wish to passionately advise the government to, as a matter of urgency, commission an independent investigation into the matter and possibly bring the perpetrators of such a heinous crime to book"
Mr. Johnson on behalf of his people expressed their solidarity to tye managementof the station.
He added that the NDC join hands with Radio Ada and many other media Houses that have come under similar intimidation in the struggle to push further the frontiers of media freedom and establish a formidable democracy in Ghana.
Story by: Joshua Kwabena Smith